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Old English Bulldog

Old English Bulldog / Olde English Bulldogge

Old English Bulldog may look intimidating and ready-to-brawl, but in reality they are sweet dogs with  eager-to-please attitudes. They have a high touch tolerance making them great playmates and are exceedingly loyal to their families. Old English Bulldogs will bend over backwards to please their people.

I personally chose the Olde English Bulldogge for my family because they have a personality like no other dogs and their activity level and grooming needs fit in with our lifestyle. I have always had a love for bulldogs and after much research went with the Old English Bulldog because they have many great attributes. They make a wonderful companion, will love you fiercely, and are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of every person they meet.  

Old English Bulldog

Old English Bulldog Traits:

  • Body Weight: 50-70 pounds (females); 65-85 pounds (males)

  • Body Height: 17-19 inches (females); 18-20 inches (males)


  • Body Type: Medium-sized to large; wide shoulders, muscular, strong. They are more athletic, hardy, and less sensitive to hot and cold climates compared to other brachycephalics (flat faced).

  • Muzzle Type: Large and broad; While Old English Bulldogs have a classic Bulldog blocky head, with undershot jaw, they enjoy better health and heat tolerance because their nasal passages are open and unrestricted. 

  • Lifespan: Between 10 to 14 years

  • Coat type: Short

  • Good Health: Compared to other bulldog breeds, with better hips, elbows, breathing, and climate and exercise tolerance.

Old English Bulldog Personality:

  • Good Temperament: They are trustworthy, loyal, protective, and loving. Courageous and stable, enjoys praise and thrives on pleasing their owner.

  • Friendly: They do well with other animals and small kids (when socialized and trained early)

  • Athletic: They are more athletic, hardy, and less sensitive to hot and cold climates compared to other brachycephalics.

  • Trainable: They are eager to please and do well when engaged in training activities.

  • Character:  Their normal disposition is happy, outgoing, eager to please and are known to be quirky and goof around.

Old English Bulldog Breed History

The ancestors of the Olde English Bulldogge originated in England between 1600 and 1700.  These early Bulldogges were also the ancestors to many of the bull breeds that exist today including the English Bulldog and the American Bulldog.

The original Bulldogges were bred to participate in blood sports like bull baiting.  This so called sport became quite popular in England throughout the middle of the 18th Century.  Bull baiting primarily consisted of staking out a bull and allowing several Bulldogges to attack it.  A dog of great courage and agility was needed for bull baiting.  This dog was of medium size; larger dogs were considered to be the result of various mastiff crosses.

Around 1835, laws were passed in England prohibiting bull baiting and the original Bulldogges main purpose of existence vanished.  Within a decade the numbers of Bulldogges declined drastically almost to the point of extinction.  Dog show fanciers eventually decided to reconstruct the breed, but wanted to tone down the aggressive temperament of the original Bulldogge.  To do so they crossed the remnants of the existing stock with other breeds and over the years that followed they developed the modern English Bulldog.  Unfortunately though the majority of today’s modern English Bulldogs are wrought with all kinds of genetic health problems.

Today’s Olde English Bulldogge is a reconstruction of the original Bulldogge of the 17th and 18th century.  Various genetic crosses have been used in carefully and thoughtfully planned breeding programs to obtain this goal.  The foundation of most of today’s Olde English Bulldogges can be traced back to English Bulldogs, American Bulldogs, APBTs and Mastiffs.  These various dog breeds were used very selectively in various combinations to obtain the desired physical traits of the original Bulldogge. 

The result has been a good looking Bulldogge of great athletic ability that is much healthier and physically fit without most or all of the problems that plague many of today’s modern English Bulldogs.  The goal of all Olde English Bulldogge breeders should be to produce genetically healthier Bulldogges that are free breathers, free breeders, and free whelpers.

Today it is recommended that the International Olde English Bulldogge Association’s Breed Standard be used by Olde English Bulldogge breeders in an effort to maintain the high standards that the breeders of the past and the International Olde English Bulldogge Association have set forth to continue to improve and preserve today’s Olde English Bulldogge for future generations of fanciers.

Breed History content credited to:

old english bulldog history
old-english-bulldog origins

Old English Bulldog Grooming Needs

The Olde English Bulldogge is generally a low-maintenance breed. It is only a moderate shedder and takes a weekly brushing with a rubber brush or slicker brush to keep the coat healthy and clean. Over bathing is not recommended but face folds and ears should be cleaned a few times a week and kept dry to prevent irritation and bacterial growth. Tooth care should happen on a regular basis and nails should be monitored and trimmed to prevent breaking.

Old English Bulldog Health Issues

All breeds of dogs have their own propensities towards particular inherited diseases and although we focus on health OEB do have their own diseases that are not uncommon to them.

For more info on OEB origins, health and breed specific information check out these articles:

At present the best way to protect your new puppy from inherited diseases is to make sure it was NOT INBRED.  This is why we do not inbreed and are, as a result, confident enough in the genetic health of our puppies through Embark and provide a Lifetime Money Back Health Guarantee on them.

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